Simon's proposal has a number of problems: 1) All standardized video and audio formats would still be covered by patents because you couldn't distribute open-source software as long as you haven't negotiated FRAND terms with patent holders. 2) Aren't patents already published? Simon adds basically only two conditions: Must be embedded in a standard and have FRAND terms. 3) "Standards are nice because there are so many of them." The rule would need to define what a standard is and who could create one. It would be easy for Microsoft or Apple to create their own Foo Interest Group to publish standards covering their patents.
Richard's proposal circumvents a lot of the problems with patents, but would need to require to define what a generally used computing platform is. I wonder whether nVidia's Tesla GPU Computing Cards would be generally used computing platforms.
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